Roger Federer donates $500,000 to support Ukrainian refugee children

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Roger Federer He became the latest athlete to join the effort to support the Ukraine humanitarian crisis after pledging $500,000 to help support the education of children displaced by the Russian invasion.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion announced on social media Friday that he would support efforts to “secure access to continuing education for Ukrainian children” by making a large donation through his foundation.

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“My family and I are horrified to see images from Ukraine and break our hearts to the innocent people who have been badly affected. We are standing up for peace,” he said in a statement.

Swiss Roger Federer responds after defeating American Tennys Sandgren in the quarter-final match at the Australian Open Tennis Championships in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan 28, 2020.
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“We will provide assistance to children from Ukraine who need care, and about six million Ukrainian children are currently out of school. We know it is a very critical time to provide access to education and we would like to support them to deal with this very painful experience.”

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He continued, “Through the Roger Federer Foundation, we will support ‘Children of War in the Netherlands’ with a donation of $500,000 to facilitate access to continuing education for Ukrainian children.”

Roger Federer celebrates after defeating Germany's Dominic Kupfer in the third round on day seven of the French Open at Roland Garros in Paris, France, Saturday, June 5, 2021 (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Roger Federer celebrates after defeating Germany’s Dominic Kupfer in the third round on day seven of the French Open at Roland Garros in Paris, France, Saturday, June 5, 2021 (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

According to data collected by United nationsOver 3.3 million refugees have fled Ukraine, while another 6.5 million are internally displaced. Figures show around 200,000 people have no access to water, with many areas of the country targeted by Russian attacks.

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Of those refugees who managed to leave Ukraine, the United Nations estimates that 90% are women and children.

Ukrainian refugees wait at Przymysl train station.

Ukrainian refugees wait at Przymysl train station.
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Many tennis stars have lent their support through donations. Andy Murray said earlier this month that he would donate his prize money for the rest of the year to efforts to help children in Ukraine.

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